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 the Ubyssey
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Friday, November 2, 1990
Vol 73, No 17
Cariboo House culprits disciplined
by Sharon Lindores
Residents of Place Vanier's
Cariboo House have made an appearance before a student panel
and are learning the penalties for
their actions may be out of their
price range.
On October 11, approximately
300 women residents of Place
Vanier received graphically obscene letters from the men of
Cariboo House. The incident attracted widespread attention and
lead to a demonstration on campus
two weeks ago.
Last Sunday, 22 men from
Cariboo House appeared individually before a residence standards
committee to determine what
penalties would be appropriate for
their actions. The committee of
students, consisting of two women,
two men and one chairperson,
handed down their decision Monday.
The committee handed out
demerit points to the men based on
each individual's involvement in
the letter writing incident. Two
students received four points, two
received three points, 14 received
two points, two received one point
and two were found not guilty.
All students were given the
opportunity to erase one point by
attending a meeting—likely to be
held by the Sexual Harassment
In the UBC Student Housing
system, four points are grounds for
eviction. The students have three
days to appeal the disciplinary
After an appeal, pending and
investigator's recommendation,
another hearing could be held. This
panel of three would include
members from the standards
committee  and   residence  life
The letters involved in the
incident were turned over to the
RCMP to determine if criminal
charges are warranted. Staff
sargeant Bern Jansen of the
RCMFs UBC detachment said
their investigation was completed
and he will be meeting with the
Crown Prosecutor on November 6.
Further penalties for the men
involved could come from the university administration. Under
section 58 of the University Act,
the president ofthe university has
the power to expel students guilty
of "...assaulting individuals, including conduct which leads to the
physical or emotional injury... or
which threatens the physical or
emotional wellbeing[sic] of faculty, staff or students."
UBC president David
Strangway could not be reached
for comment on the matter. It is
expected that the issue will be
addressed early next week.
Place Vanier residents generally seem to think appropriate
measures are being taken.
One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said "it is a joke,
it's stupid. I don't understand why
it is a big issue."
"It's ridiculous to penalize the
guys," she said. "The maximum
punishment should be points. They
should not be evicted or expelled. I
don't feel any less safe due to the
Vanier resident David Higgins
said the students involved "went
too far, they should get a couple of
points. However the matter should
have been kept in Vanier."
Another resident, Steven
Besler, said "I heard two people
will be evicted and that is appro-
Danger in Main
by Tamara Shand
Librarians in the Sedgewick
and Main libraries are on the lookout for a dangerous person.
On October 16, a man in his
forties with sandy-colored "scruffy"
hair and a mustache was in one of
the coffee rooms i n the main library
allegedly making death threats to
The man is said to be 5'8",
weighing 170 pounds and most
likely carrying a small grey briefcase and wearing a red parka with
a fur trim. The man, who is not a
student, has made no physical attempts to act out his threats and
does not appear to be armed.
However, it is recommended
he not be approached but rather
the information desk be notified.
Two years ago, a man fitting
the same description was seen
wandering around campus muttering threats to passing students.
He seemed to bear a grudge
against people of the law profession, as he used to frequent the law
He is suspected of being the
same person who smashed equip
ment at the Wilson recordings recently.
Apparently this kind of incident is not new to the library.
Clayton Burns, a fifth year student who has worked in the library
for several years, said he believes
there is "a dedicated group of
thieves who need to be identified
and dealt with."
"Since there is not a penalty
sufficient tokeep dangerous people
off campus," Burns said, "men are
allowed to cruise the campus freely"
and harass other people.
Burns said while working he
had to reprimand a man who was
sitting near a young women and
masturbating. When Burns reprimanded the man, he replied that
he had been going to libraries for
years and doing that kind of thing.
Burns said there should be
people who are specifically trained
to concentrate  their effoi; -  in
dealing with chronic problems su.
as theft and harassment on can
Until then, all we can do is to
be on the watch for suspicious
characters and be sure to report
them right away, he said.
priate. Nothi ng as drastic as being
kicked out of the uni versity should
be done. It is a social matter, not
academic. If something happened
off-campus, you would not get expelled for it.'
Many women residents
seemed hesitant to comment on
the matter. Margaretha Hoek, a
sexual harassment policy advisor
at UBC, said this is because the
students are "not yet able to react
on an individual level."
"It takes a lot of courage to
separate friends and appropriate
behaviour," Hoek said.
"I think the letters are the
flowering of a much larger
environment issue. Some people
have low inter-personal skills and
do  not  treat  each  other  with
respect," she said.
Hoek has heard from several
parents who are concerned about
women at Place Vanier who do not
see the incident as being a problem. Hoek said it is a problem inherent in our culture that some
people choose to act in an unacceptable way.
Science video
promotes women
by Andre LaPierre
In response to concern among
the scientific community that
women are under-represented in
science-related jobs, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education has
released a series of educational
videos aimed at creating interest
in the sciences among younger
The four separate programs,
forty-eight minutes in length altogether, are being aired on the
Knowledge Network in an effort
to attract a viewing audience of
adolescents from ten to fifteen
years of age.
The programs, titled "What
Do Scientists Do?," exhibit various types of male and female scientists at work and enable young
people to see what kinds of jobs
are available both inside and
outside ofthe lab.
One ofthe main purposes of
the videos is to inspire young
women to enter into first-year
sciences but statistics show that
gaining primary interest among
women is no longer a problem for
the Faculty of Science at UBC.
Forty-six per cent of first-year science students enrolled in the 1990
term were women.
The fact that this number
drops to a 35 per cent involvement
in Masters programs and even further to around a 15 per cent enrollment in Phd studies is troubling to the administration ofthe
science faculty.
The Dean of Science, Dr. R.C.
Miller Jr, said one of the major
reasons why more women do not
end up with science careers is they
are often times subjected to misguided opinions held by many high
school teachers and some university professors.
Miller said he was shocked to
hear statements by teachers at a
secondary school function that
"women are less capable of coping
with mathematics [than males]."
While feeling that the educational
videos are a good idea, Miller woul d
also like to see more useful information given to female undergraduates.
Dr. Judith Myers, an associate professor in Plant Science and
Zoology, supports the new videos
as a good promotion for the sciences in general.
Myers said she hopes the
videos will help to dispel some of
the "bad publicity that science
has gotten over the years."
However, she said a series of
programs, which do not exist at
this time at UBC, are needed to
ensure the future expansion of
female involvement in science.
For undergraduate women,
Myers said she would like to see
a system which would have third
and fourth year students serving
as mentors for first year students.
At the graduate and post-graduate levels, Myers said she would
support the granting of fellowships to women who had previously left their studies to have a
family and would like to re-enter
university to complete a doctorate or post-doctorate degree.
Myers said she would eventually
like to see "a network (of programs) from the undergraduate
to the graduate to the postgraduate level to encourage
women to stay in the faculty."
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November 2,1990 NEWS
Iraq incites campus reaction
by Mark Nielsen
An informal forum intended
"to get people thinking" about the
Persian Gulf crisis attracted not
only a large group of spectators,
but also a number of differing
viewpoints Tuesday afternoon at
the SUB plaza.
Although the ad hoc group of
student activists who put together
the event are against Canadian
troops fighting in the Persian
Gulf, organizer Jon Zasada said
the ensuing debate was a success.
"We just wanted to get viewpoints from both sides ofthe debate; it didn't matter what side
they took," he said.
The forum's first speaker,
Matthew Hausmann, a member
of the Canadian Armed Forces,
was in full support of sending soldiers in against the Iraqis. He
argued the accounts of Iraqi
atrocities, including torture and
rape of their Kuwaiti captives,
call for urgent action.
"I think it's really shitty, and
I think we should use all means
possible to stop them, including
using military force," he said.
Most, however, opposed going to war and pointed to other
solutions including becoming less
oil-dependent at home.
"We have to get together and
be a little more honest and share
our wealth," said Harry
Anne Aram, meanwhile,
questioned whether or not attacking Iraq wouldbe worth the risk of
nuclear war, adding that even a
confined one would have environmental effects.
Anthroplogy professor Robin
Riddington said external affairs
minister Joe Clark is compromising Canadian sovereignty by saying the country will send troops
into battle if the United States
declares war on Iraq.
"Joe Clark was sayingthaton
the strength ofthe mandate that
the  Progressive  Conservative
Student life-styles called unhealthy
by Graham Cameron
Health and exercise are
not student priorities accord-
ingto Margaret Johnston, coordinator of the Outreach
Program at the Student
Health Centre.
Johnston organized the
three day "Wellness Health
Fair" currently taking place
in the SUB concourse.
The primary purpose of
the fair is to both increase
students' awareness in their
own health, and to make it a
part of their daily life-styles,
said co-coordinator Kathy
Dietitian JanetKatalinic
said "we've had a very good
response. People are very interested, largely because it's
a hands-on experience."
She added,however, that
while the student body
showed an interest in, and
ofthehealth information displayed, good nutrition is not
a focus in their lives.
Kay McQueen, another
dietitian at the fair, said "I
think that their health is
okay. The problem is more a
question of their life-style."
She said in her observation, "students often don't
have enough time for exercise."
Katalinic added thaf'due
to the limitations of student
life-style, I think that good
nutrition is very difficult.
Students do not get enough
activity, while eating out a
lot." This often results in poor
Blood pressure check at "Wellness
Health Fair"
diet choices she said.
Addressing this issue,
Johnston said "it's not enough to
give people information onhealth
issues. We have to go beyond
th at an d en courage people to take
responsibility for their own
health and, where appropriate^
make the necessary behavioral
Through this type of educational approach, Johnston
said she hopes to promote preventative health awareness
over traditional notions of
corrective medical treatment.
"The best way to treat disease is to reduce the risk factor," she said.
party thinks it has, it's going to
circumnavigate its long held tradition as an honest peace broker.
"Instead, he would do what
the Americans ask of us, and commit arms of our own to what is
substantially their cause,"he said.
Calling a petition against
Canadian involvement simplistic,
Norman Hermont said a policy of
strength is needed to preserve access to oil from the Middle East.
"The Middle East is simply
not a place where you can leave,
and expect everything to remain
as it was," he said.
"Look at what the Israelis do.
They don't allow someone to make
a multilateral  annexation  and
then just leave it alone."
About 15 people carrying
signs saving such things as "Blood
= Oil?" and "Persian Gulf Negotiable Now" marched through the
campus and tried to bring people
out to the forum.
Zasada said an "ad hoc" group
came up with the idea for a march
and a forum that morning after
hearing the situation in the Persian Gulf had been stepped up to
a military state of awareness.
"All this is going on in the
Persian Gulf and we realized that
no one on campusis talking about
it," he said.
AMS befriends
by Jason Robertson
Utilizing the university's work-
study program, the AMS has hired
two students to take on recycling
initiatives in the SUB building.
Under the supervision of AMS
general manager Charles Redden,
Nicole Kohnert and Nicole Ferrell
are investigating the possibilities
of composting pre-consumer waste
food and recycling pre-consumer
glass, metal, and plastic.
The program will begin after
the recycling containers are received on November 7, the collection of pre-consumer products on
November 12.
Kohnert has conducted a survey of all five AMS food outlets,
monitoring the amounts of pre-
consumer waste which might be
composted. Although dairy and
meat products cannot be realistically composted, many vegetables
and fruits, as well as used coffee
grinds and filters, are suitable
materials for the program.
The greatest source of waste
comes from Blue Chip Cookies,
which throws away about 70 litres
(wet volume) of used coffee grounds
and filters per day. The amount of
pre-processed fruits and vegetables—such as lemons, limes,
lettuce, tomatoes-—disposed of is
small by comparison, about 11 litres
per day from all outlets.
Before it decides to accept Bl ue
Chip's used coffee grounds and filters into its composting system,
UBC Physical Plant wants to see
the results ofa survey being conducted by Kohnert. This week, the
grinds and filters are being added
to three different piles in the Physi -
cal Plant nursery—grass, leaves,
and worms.
After three or four months,
Kohnert will be able to determine
which combination is most effective
and will present the evidence to
Physical Plant.
Before the fruits and vegetables
are composted, storage space must
be found (the AMS barn in B-lot is
currently being considered) along
with money to purchase plastic containers and pay people to monitor
AMS director of finance John
Lipscomb said "the Capital Projects
Acquisition Committee (CPAC) may
take CPAC funds to purchase storage containers for the barn, since
the CPAC mandate allows us to use
some of that money for the barn."
Ferrell is in charge ofthe recycling of pre-consumer glass, metal
and plastic. Ferrell and Redden will
decide this week which company
the AMS will use to have these
materials—which include empty
liquor bottles, tin cans, and pickle
jars—taken directly to the places
where the glass and metal are broken down.
It is not clear whether or not
post-consumer non-deposit bottles
and cans will be collected as well,
but recycling these materials will
not be profitable.
Lipscomb said this problem is
simply the cost of doing business.
"In any business, you want to
recycle what you can responsibly.
You have to pick up garbage, you
have to recycle your mess," he said.
It is hoped eventually all AMS
waste materials will be added to a
larger, campus-wide system which
could be profitable or at least maintain itself through the sale of recyclable materials. However, since the
Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF) is still in phase one of
its program, it may be some time
before this becomes a reality.
Students' council members recommend revamped referenda
by Martin Chester
After much discussion, AMS
students' council approved a motion directing its executive and
interested councillors to produce
a budget and an advertising
scheme for the referenda that will
take place in January.
After the failure of last
month's referenda, council decided
it was necessary to hold the next
one in conjunction with the executive, senate and board of gover
nors elections in order to take care
of AMS business.
AMS ombudsperson Carol
Forsythe said the last referendum
was "a pathetic referendum and
I'm glad it didn't get quorum and
we should get our act together."
Forsythe criticized the number of polling booths, when they
were open and the delay between
the end of voting and the vote
AMS coordinator of external
affairs Jason Brett said he did not
agree with the idea of combining
the referendum with elections because it polarizes the issues.
"I don't think we should hold
a referendum in conjunction with
BoG, senate or executi ve elections;
i t's an affront to the process," Brett
Brett also suggested that the
AMS bylaws should be completely
rewritten, not just repaired on a
piece-meal basis.
"Spending $10,000 on fixing
a leaky canoe is a waste of time,"
he said.
Most council members who
spoke disagreed with Brett.
Grad students rep Lisa
Drummond said the combination
could bring out more students to
"I think combining the elections and the referendum will be a
very positive step," Drummond
Debate also revolved around
how referenda can reach quorum.
AMS vice president Johanna
Wickie complained that council
members were not involved
enough in encouraging their con
stituents to get out and vote.
"If we can't get our own council members involved, then were
not doing our job," she said.
Other members suggested either lowering or eliminating quorum. Quorum presently is at 10
per cent of the student body.
Arts rep Mark Kei ster sai d he
did not like the idea of quorum to
begin with.
"Quorum is a systematic way
of preserving the status quo,"
Keister said.
November 2,1990
THE UBYSSEY/3 ,v -v nf drums revea
/\lL    ^-'■*- firmly grounded in Kahre1
Jm^-*- of humour: the advertisini
by Ted Wright
I AM a fossil,product ofa
historical compromise made
seventy years ago between the
empty pockets ofthe ragtime
players and the bank accounts of
Cotton moguls. I ride the equivalent ofthe Ford Model T, one of
A Concise History of Drumming
Vancouver East Cultural
Tuesday October 30, 1990
the triumphs of rationalized
cultural economy. This is a
ghost image: The superimposition
of many into one: The need to pay
the bills created the spitting
image ofthe thousand armed
Shiva and while four out of five
of us were sent packing, clever
people forged iron and created
what you see before you: My
juggernaut, eighteen wheeler
ironclad, forty thousand ton
thundermaker, ten degrees to port
in a maelstrom of air, rolling
across hill and dale, plowing
time, raking the ground, belching
smoke and sparks while stained,
sweating men stoke with all their
might; tree trunks and picket
fences rocking in its wake, while
birds are falling from the sky and
their is an eerie glow in the East:
peacocks are seen appearing in
the distance.
A note about these words:
they describe a drum kit through
the eyes of Andreas Kahre, and
fall near the beginning ofhis
remarkable new multi-media
piece "A Concise History of
The title is tongue-in-cheek,
s sense
posters include a picture ofa
submarine and warn that the
performance "may or may not
contain actual drumming." It
doesn't, in fact, contain conventional drumming, but this is
neither necessary nor missed.
What a concise history of
drumming does is immerse the
audience in an abstract whirlpool
of drumming, taking us deep into
the psyche of drummers by
bringing together elements of
music,literature, fine art and
Short vignettes take a
conceptual, often meta-physical
approach to probing the various
aspects of drumming, slowly
revealing its layers of sociology,
politics, sexuality and primal
/ harmoniously intertwine
my body and your minds while
time expands in all directions. I
match and vary smoothly speed,
pressure, the arc of sinews to the
beat, shift patterns, provide
impulse, leverage and the
repetitious ecstasy ofa rowboat. I
create measurable distances,
affirmation, constancy- all to
please you and to mollify the
savage who would just as soon
blow up the local bus as ride it.
The multi-media format
used by Kahre creates a sense of
constant motion, perpetuated by
the rhythmic choreography of
Janet Brook. Her patterns propel
both performers and performance. In one manic start-stop
sequence entitled "Time-eater,"
bodies and images "trade fours"
in an ascending spiral of chaos.
In another, two men sit discussing the inner workings ofthe
drummer, taking time between
each reflection to move their
table and chairs a precise
distance to a new location.
While the multi-media
approach generally works well,
the performance centres on
Kahre's script.
...I am utterly impartial. I
have sent children to their graves
in the armies of all countries,
drummed for the pope, for
weather changes, clashed
cymbals to announce the sultan's
entrance; I am the puppeteer that
made Mick dagger's lips twitch
and the freckled buffx>n in the
polka band. I have drummed, for
and against petty tyrants,
accompanied witches to their
deaths and heralded Hitler's
arrival in Vienna. Five hundred
of us marched into the Russian
winter with Napoleon, drumming
with frostbite and horseflesh in
our bellies.
Kahre's ability to evoke vivid
imagery and conceptualize some
ofthe more abstract elements of
drumming is very real.
The inside of my drum is a
tent of dreams, a luminescent
scroll, probabilities shadow play
in seemingly objective monochrome, lunar splendor outlining
assassins pressed against the
palace walls, magic daggers,
ships distressed by howling gales
on swaying cardbixird cutout
waves, fish tailed lovers riding
dolphins to meet the beloved by
the trembling membrane ofa
perforated palm tree.
In "A Concise History of
Drumming" Kahre and his
friends have succeeded in
bringing out some ofthe inner-
complexities and contradictions
of drummers and drumming in a
thought provoking and entertaining manner. Kahre is
planning, pending the location of
financial assistance, on presenting further performances of "A
Concise History of Drumming" in
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November 2,1990 To tell
by Effie Pow
WHEN was the last time
someone told you a story?
When was the last time you
heard a fairy tale?
Woman In The Box
Dorothy Somerset Studio
November 1
When Nan Gregory tells a
story you don't forget it. A
storyteller is a rarity in main-
a story
by Raul Peschiera
stream entertainment, but the
telling of stories is an ancient
oral tradition that preserves
history and culture.
Woman In The Box is a
story Nan Gregory wrote,
directed and performed at the
Dorothy Somerset Studio at
UBC, Thursday at noon. It is a
contemporary story about a
woman named Marmott and
her endeavors for self-identity.
The story is told in the language ofa fairy tale.
The "fairy tale" is a metaphor for the conditioning
Marmott and other women are
subjected to. Encouraged to
have the right clothes and the
right job, Marmott struggles to
fit in. She seeks the glorious
romance and the right boyfriend. These are the only ways
Marmott knows to define
herself after her birthright is
taken away.
Marmott is intended to
follow in her father's footsteps
because he has no son. He gives
her the right tools and teaches
her what she needs to know,
but when a son is born he
becomes indifferent to her
existence. Her existence has
been so long defined by her
father, she no longer knows how
to think for herself. She fits
herself into the box her father
has built for her.
Woman In The Box sparks
with humour, sadness and
triumph. Gregory's story is
constructed with layers of
meaning like the beautiful
dress Marmott is given to wear
to a ball. And because the story
is so beautifully told, we keep it
IITERS are a strange
breed. When twelve of
them get together, they get even
stranger: some laugh, some sing,
some talk, and some bark like
Vancouver International
Writers Festival
October 27
Festival Centre
Words We Call Home	
On Saturday night, October
27, a group of UBC alumni
gathered at the Writers Festival
Centre at Granville Island to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of UBC's Creative Writing
Department. Before a sold-out
audience, they read from some of
their works, including selections
from Words We Call Home, an
new anthology celebrating
creative writing at UBC.
Morris Panych hosted the
gala, told bad jokes (at which far
too many people laughed), and
introduced the eleven other
writers who took part in the
Surjeet Kalsey was first,
reading from her collection of
poetry. Through a sense of
mysticism and power, her poetry
spoke of what it is to be an Indo-
Canadian woman; her poem
They Shoot Women Don't They
was especially moving.
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During the intermissions,
the audience could buy books,
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books signed by the authors. The
signing was informal, the writers
sat together around a table near
the stage, but their enthusiasm
for the event, the audience, and
their works made the audience
feel comfortable about approaching them. Also, against a wall
and under glass was an interesting display of some ofthe
writers' original manuscripts and
old photographs.
As each writer read, and the
evening grew longer, the audience never lost their interest or
excitement. Scheduled to be only
two hours long, the occasion was
extended by one and a half hours
and very few people left. Every
writer was interesting, and the
organization ofthe event was
precise and well handled.
Highlights ofthe evening
were when Fred Wah read his
sound poetry, where he barked
like a high-strung chihuahua,
when Morris Panych sang songs
from his musicals (such memorable lines as "Bug in a jar, that's
what you are") and when Debbie
Howlett, UBC graduate student
and the youngest (born in 1964)
ofthe writers, read her story and
had the audience on the edge of
their seats.
Linda Svendsen, UBC
assistant professor of Creative
Writing, editor of Words We Call
Home, and coordinator ofthe
event, organized the affair with
finesse and dedication. She said
finding authors who are UBC
alumni was difficult, since no
official records have been kept in
the Creative Writing Department, and a lot of information
was derived from word of mouth.
Of all the readings I have
attended, this was the most
enjoyable. It was also the
longest. But even three and a
half hours cannot cover the
amount of talent and virtuosity
displayed on Saturday night.
Daphne Marlatt, Daniel David
Moses, and Robert Bringhurst as
well as the remainder ofthe
writers, deserve thanks for such
an exciting evening. All proceeds
from this event went to the Earle
Birney Scholarship fund.
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November 2,1990
THE UBYSSEY/5 Oppression
brought home
This is Vancouver.
We arc distanced from the repression of Oka, the Middle
East and Central American dictatorships. Or so we believe.
On Tuesday night a group of squatters moved to reclai m two
abandoned houses they had been removed from by the Vancouver
Police earlier in the day. They stayed in and around the house for
a few hours. They then left, leaving the appearance that one of the
houses remained occupied by leaving several lights on.
The media stayed and after the squatters left the police
arrived. Twenty officers with dogs.
The police released the dogs into the house first, putting the
squatters, but not the police, at risk.
This all raises the question of what reasonable force is. Or
for that matter, is there such a thing as reasonable force?
Releasing dogs on civilians is not reasonable when no
resistance is offered, which was the case since no squatters were
found in the houses.
The police use of force was excessive.
Another question raised by this incident is if this is how the
police will react to this incident, how will they react to a situation
of real conflict?
The precedent for action has been established. Should some
resistance be shown next time, passive or otherwise, how will the
police react? Should we expect the riot police, or perhaps the use
of lire arms?
It should also be pointed out that this is not an isolated
event. The police action in Oka shows the willingness of Canadian
police forces to initiate violence through excessive force. In Seton
Portage, B.C., the RCMP used billy clubs and snapping dogs lo
pacify a group of natives protesting for land rights and in support
ofthe Mohawks in Oka. They removed their badges and identification. They chose not to be accountable as individuals for their
actions. Are the police here to serve and protect or to threaten and
The police in Canada seem freer to use violence to repress
marginalized groups in Canada, such as natives and squatters.
The police, for some reason, equate protesting natives and
seemingly unkempt young people with terrorists. They see the
natives and the squatters as threats that must be crushed using
whatever force is at their disposal.
A large part ofthe blame for the police's apparent readiness
for violent confrontation lies firmly on the shoulders of the
Vancouver media. Their portrayal ofthe squatters has, in its own
warped way, legitimated the attitudes harboured by the law
enforcement community towards the squatters.
The squatters are not deadbeats. At the housing forum
earlier on Tuesday night, one older woman called them "hard
wor-king and decent", mocking the NPA election slogan. Many
squatters work part-time, others do collect welfare, many doing
hour's of volunteer community work. They staff volunteer cafes,
rape crisis lines and so forth. Others search forlbodindumpsters.
A number of them are UBC students. Beyond that they have
created for themselves a community.
The Sun's selection of quotes in its November 1 edition
trivialized the concern's of the squatters. It suggested that
squatting is a "cool" lifestyle, chosen by frivolous people. If
squatters joke about their "cool" lifestyle, they are doing merely
that. Squatters are human beings with the same emotions and
many ofthe conflicts the rest ofus have. They watch the news and
the children go trick or treati ng. There is little that is "cool" about
living with the constant insecurity, anxiety and pressure of not
knowing when your home will be taken away. To counter this, the
squatters support each other emotionally. This is hardly consistent with the "cool" irresponsible image they have been labelled
The squatters are making a statement about the lack of
affordable housing in Vancouver. They are occupying houses
slated for demolition but which remain standing while their
developer-owners wait for better market conditions. They have
created a supportive community in the face of the problems
around them.
The developers respond to this "challenge" the same way
they respond to a pest: they seek to exterminate it, this time using
police and dogs and riot gear. Raid takes on a whole new meaning.
the Ubyssey
October 30, 1990
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Editorial opinions are those ofthe staff and not necessarily those of the university administration, or of the
sponsor. The Ubyssey is published with the proud
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"Baa haa haa haa. This is the answering machine of Raul Pcschiera's
satanic cult and ifyou want to hear of any rituals, leave your name and
number at the tone after the beep." Effie Pow sprinkled bug guts over
Martin Chester to relieve him of the curse bestowed upon him by
Matthew Johnson. Rebecca Bishop added six cat's claws to the magic
potion concocted by Tamara Shand in order to make Paul Dayson's
complexion turn Lo green. Darker and darker the night was, Mark
Nielsen flew in from the sky and lifted his hand over the ground and
vomitted evil over the land and on top of Andre LaPierre. Tim the
Kriendly Typist and Yukie Kurahashi spun around and around and
stirred up the dark green mist from the phenomenal world. I fit weren't
for Sophia Harris, Jason Robertson, and Tony Lin, there would be an
apparition on the infra-red film of Don Mah looking right into the
camera. "Baa haa haa! Verna Wong is not a good witch anymore,"
Sharon Li ndorcs shuddered as Ted Wright grew black claws. "Good God,
it is the birthday of the antichrist!" Graham Ca moron's eyes bugged out
and fell into the boiling vat with one pint of Ernie Stclzer's blood. A quiet
recitation of the coming ofthe four horsemen was repeated continuously
by Sam Green as Michael Booth helped to correct the proper Latin used.
Klingons, Romulans, Ferringai, the Q, Aleutians, and Vulcans make
Rebecca Bishop
Michael Booth   •   Martin Chester  •   Paul Dayson
Senate sucks
Many people call Brian
Mulroney'srecent expansion
ofthe Senate undemocratic.
This is hardly the case. In
fact, the reverse is closer to
the truth.
The Conservative government in 1988 was elected
with the mandate to implement the GST. After all, it
was announced in 1987. Although it is true that the
1988 election campaign did
not focus on GST, one can
hardly blame the government or tory party. The two
opposition parties are responsible for making the
election a one issue election—free trade. When the
government was elected, it
was on a platform that included the GST. Therefore,
the GST is democratically
mandated. I'm certain everyone would agree that the
ballot box is more important
to our democratic system
than any telephone opinion
The Senate, however,
has no democratic mandate.
Only one senator has ever
stood for election to that post;
his appoi ntment was ratified
on a one-time basis as a
gesture of good will to
Alberta. The Liberal majority in the senate, which
was blocking the democratically mandatedGST bill, was
not constructed by demo-
:ratic methods. Instead,
they were appointed about a
decade ago on the decision of
one man. The fact that the
Liberals have't won more
than 100 seats in parliament
since 1980 suggests that they
would not have a majority in
an elected senate. Clearly
then, there is no democratic
legitimacy for the Senate.
If there is no democratic
legitimacy for the Senate,
and there is a democratic
mandate for the GST, then
The Ubyssey welcomes letters on any issue, tetters must be typed and are not to exceed 300 words in length. Content
which is judged to be libelous, homophobic, sexist, racist or factually incorrect will not be published. Please be concise.
tetters may be edited for brevity, but itis standard Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Please bring them, with identification, to SUB 241k.  Letters must include name, faculty, and signature.
clearly there isnolegitimacy
in the Senate's tactics to
squash the GST bill.
Therefore, it is in the best
interests of democracy to
correct this dilemma. The
only current constitutional
method to solve this problem is to add more senators.
In fact, sections 26 and 27
(the sections which allow for
these appointments) were
added in anticipation of this
type of stalemate.
Ken Armstrong
Arts 4
Vanier, not all
As one ofthe male residents of Place Vanier not
living in Cariboo House, I
feel it necessary to express
my impressions of your editorial comments classifying
residence as a "bastion of
immaturity." As you are
obviously unaware, the actions of several members of
Cariboo House do not represent regular behaviour in
student residence. Undoubtedly, those involved
regret their misdoings, and
will suffer punishment for
them. You have implied,
though, that all of Place
Vanier is engulfed in a
"sexually intimidating environment for women." This
type of sensationalistic
journalism does nothingbut
distort the facts. What the
Cariboo residents did was
wrong, to be sure; however,
theother ninety-five percent
ofthe male residentsin Place
Vanier are, I feel, proof that
it is possible to live on campus withoutbeing a "cretin."
Your efforts to link this
incident with a trend towards sexism everywhere
have blown the situation
way out of proportion. Perhaps if you actually spent
some time at Place Vanier,
you would see that lasting
friendships are actually
made here, and that the social environment is much
more positive than the one
you have portrayed. You
have used this incident as
nothing more than fuel for
your editorial fires and, in
doing so, ignored the reality
of the situation. Your suggestion that the Cariboo
residents are nothing more
than a bunch of sexist juveniles succeeds only in illustrating your own ignorance.
I am not defending the
actions of those responsible
for the letters. Their actions
were in poor taste and demonstrated poor judgement.
However, one inci dent of poor
taste does not a residence
full of cretins make. Your
holier-than-thou condemnation ofa group of individuals
with whom you likely have
no acquaintance is both appalling and disappointing.
I might have expected
such unintelligent journalism from one ofthe rags centered east of Blanca, but I
suppose your column proves
that The Ubyssey can produce trash journalism with
the best of them.
Trevor Morrison
Arts 2
Don't strike out
Guys, c'mon, it's not even
November yet and we're already causing major shit!
Some lady out there is probably putting together a list
of 31 hints for women on how
to find the man of their
dreams. So far she has: #1
Stay away from AMS presidents who have an overwhelming desire to write to
newspapers. #2 Beware of
men with "Cariboo House"
in their address. Guys, our
track record for this year
sucks! Let's try to do better
before our mystery lady adds:
#3 If the man has a UBC
student card with his picture on it...forget him!
Andrew Telfer
Arts 1
I would like to voice a
serious concern about the
state of environmental
awareness on UBC campus,
especially the lack of recycling only boxes in and
around the SUB building.
I would have thought,
that as a leading university
in this province, UBC would
take a leading prole in the
three "R's" of "reduce, reuse
and recycle." Yet it appears
that the university is totally
apathetic on the subject.
Where in SUB can I put
my recyclable cans and
bottles? And where, please
tell me, is the bin for old
newsprint? I am disgusted
everytime I have to throw
away a can, or when I see the
SUB cleani ng staff throwi ng
old newspapers in with the
regular garbage.
This is a serious issue.
Surely, i f the AMS can afford
new computers, they can
afford to set up a recycling
program for the university.
How expensive can some
bins marked "newspapers"
or "cans" be?
Let's get serious, stop
wasting student's time with
useless referendum issues
like allotment of SUB office
space (I mean, really, who
CARES?) and make a positive step towards being an
environ men tally-friendly
By the way, The
Ubyssey could really reduce
the number of papers printed
each run. You really are
running far more than necessary.
Tracey Edgar
Grad Student
November 2, 1990 LETTERS/OP-ED
Silence protects sexists
Media reports on the Place
Vanier incident seem to erroneously suggest that this kind of
thing is unusual at the University of British Columbia. It
seems naive that anyone would
permit themselves the luxury
of being surprised at the misogynist values that are in the
recent actions of male students
in our community. A group of
male students form the Place
Vanier residences sent obscene
"invitations" to 300 female students. It has been reported
that some of these letters contained explicit threats of rape
and extreme violence. Sexism
and acts of violence against
women are commonplace at all
of Canada's post-secondary institutions and, in the two years
since I joined this community,
seem particularly virulent at
UBC compared with other
similar institutions with which
I am familiar. In the past six
months alone, the UBC Engineers published and distributed
a newsletter containing explicitly sexist material and the
President ofthe UBC Alma Ma
ter Society (Kurt Preinsperg) submitted 33 hints on how "... by
giving women more of what most
women seem to want, a man will
get more of what he wants..." to
one of Vancouver's main newspapers (The Province, Sept. 6,1990).
Almost every day in my conversations with female students and staff I hear
vivid and painful descriptions of their experiences of sexism and harassment both inside and
outside the classrooms in this
academy of higher learning.
The truly extraordinary element in all ofthe acts of violence
against women at UBC is the institutionally constructed cloak of
silence that protects the perpetrators from ever having to pay
for their criminal acts. Several
days after the Place Vanier men
sent the obscene "invitations",
about 500 residence students directly confronted and attempted
to evict a group of 35 people
(largely made up of UBC women)
who were demonstrating against
the letter-writers. Female students who were the direct targets
ofthe threateninginvitations were
quoted in media reports as saying
the following kinds of things about
the obscene letters:
"I didn't take it as an attack on the
female gende1* or anything."
"They should make an apology, a
statement they didn't mean any
hostility by it." (source: The
Ubyssey, Oct. 16)
It was a bad joke- that's all.
to describe the incident serves to
trivialize the actions and to
infantilize those responsible- all
of which serves to reinforce
people's assumptions about the
relative insignificance of male-
authored anti-female behavior.
Many of the female members of
the residence community actually
seem quite content to conceive of
the explicit threats of sexual violence as a kind
of silly prank
and that it is
their duty as
women to pro-
Look around at all those women
students. They just want the
whole thing to be forgotten."
"The boys have paid enough for
their joke." (Source: The
Vancouver Sun, Oct. 19)
In fact, as far as I have been
able to determine, "the boys"
haven't had to pay any kind of
price for their actions, which can
hardly be adequately described as
a "joke". I have not heard or seen
any formal institutional condemnation by the UBC administration
of the obscene "invitations". As is
common in this and other acts of
violence against women, the kind
of language which has been used
tect the men
from experiencing the consequences of their actions. Such an
explicit manifestation of internalized oppression is frightening
because it means that women who
actually felt violated by the male
students' actions and who want
institutional support for the
enaction of some kind of inquiry
and judicial sanctions are silenced
and rendered invisible by their
own neighbours. It also conveys a
tacit kind of community approval
for the enaction of violence against
Yet another troublesome aspect ofthe Place Vanier incident
is that there is absolutely no rec
ognition ofthe fact that all UBC
women were adversely affected
by the letter writers' actions.
Female cafeteria staff, librarians, students, faculty, and all
other campus women have no
idea whether a male student in
their vicinity is one ofthe men
who threatened female residents with rape and violence.
As a female member ofthe UBC
community, I would like to add
my shocked and angry voice to
the growing numbers of persons
who will no longer remain silent
and victimized in the face of
such blatantly unacceptable
behavior. It seems starkly tragic
that we seem to have learned
absolutely nothing from the
deaths of fourteen female students in a more extreme act of
violence against women less
than one year ago at the Ecole
Polytechnique in Montreal.
What will it take for us to lift the
veil of silence, to speak out
against violence against women,
to punish perpetrators and to
put an end to the terrible consequences of misogyny?
Mary Bryson,
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education, UBC
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Dear UBC student:
Here is part of your 1990/91
AMS Working Budget. The next
time that I write to you on this
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changes (e.g. Homecoming subsidy
increased from $3210 to $5310) in
order to save trees, so hang onto
this. Most of the numbers were
arrived at by AMS Budget Committee or forced upon the committee (e.g. expenses already incurred
or approved by Student Council).
The Budget must eventually be
aproved by Council by a 2/3 vote.
Your Inside UBC pages 122
and 78 show 1989/90 expenses.
Inside UBC's are available in the
AMS Business Office, SUB 266.
We  have  eliminated  Cus
tomer-Operated Word-Processing.
We have changed the management
ofthe Summer Film Series for next
year; we may cancel it altogether.
I object to this Budget. For
example, Student Council, CiTR
and SAC together recieve over
$250,000, while six ofthe service
organizations together receive only
$10,141; I feel that this counters
student priorities.
Homecoming Committee
Art Purchasing Fund                                      (1,500)
Job Link
Bursary Fund                                                 (15,900)
Leadership Conference
Capital Projects Fund                                 (380,769)
Emergency Student Loan Fund                  (10,000)
Student Adminsitrative Commission (.SAC)
Intramurals                                               (114,231)
(Univ. Athletic Council provides additional
Student Council
Student Court
WUSC Refugee Student Fund                    (17,692)
Summer Film Series
SUB Management Fund                               (12,692)
Summer Projects
SUB Repairs & Replacement Fund           (46,000)
Albatross Business
Walk Home Programme
Word Processing Business                             (7,800)
Service organizations:
Contingency                                                   (36,931)
CiTR Radio 101.9 fm & Discorder newspaper
(net of disco revenue)
Disabled Students' Association
General Administration for Student Council,
First Year Student Program
its projects, programs, committees & service
Gays & Lesbians of UBC
organizations                                           (142,956)
Global Development Centre
Club & Constiuency Account Administration
Anti-Discrimination Program                     (3,622)
Student Environment Centre
Ask Me Program                                                 (662)
The Ubyssey, Sept. thru April
Art Gallery Committee                                     (3,825)
The Ubyssey, Summer
Copies ofthe Code                                         (1,619)
Volunteer Connections
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Committee
Women's Centre
- -. ■    -
External Affairs Committee                         (8,042)
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The revolution is over,
the repression goes on
by Michael Booth
Long after Philippine dictator
Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown, the number of political
prisoners in the island country
remains the same, according to a
Philippines human rights worker.
Karl Gaspar, a liberation
theologist and former political
prisoner under Marcos, said "the
human rights situation in the
Philippines remains the same as
with the Marcos dictatorship and
the need now is to put pressure on
the Aquino government and the
Philippines military."
Riding a wave of "people
power" the government of Corizon
Aquinoreplaced Marcos in the mid-
Gaspar, 43, described himself
as a church worker involved in the
advocacy of human rights and said
his job was to make people in the
Philippines aware ofhuman rights
and to expose violations to the
"I document abuses and help
political prisoners," he said.
Gaspar spent two years as a
political prisoner of the Marcos
"All I had done was human
rights advocacy work and under
Marcos, that was enough,"he said.
Under the government of
Corizon Aquino, the Philippine
record for human rights has not
"It's the same as under
Marcos," Gaspar said. "It's the
same style of government, just a
different cast of characters.
"Under the Aquino government, there are around 400 political prisoners. During the Marcos
regime, the numbers fluctuated
between high and low figures."
According to Gaspar, the biggest problem facing the country is
the influence of the Philippine
Karl Gaspar
"The military controls Aquino
yet the right wing troops stage
coup after coup after coup,"Gaspar
said. "The left is still there; it's still
a threat to Mrs. Aquino. The military is out to dominate the insurgency movement."
Gaspar is active in a region of
the Philippines where the military
is actively pursuing opponents of
the government.
"It's an area of a war zone,
meaning the troops of the government are fighting the rebellious
peasants i n the area— members of
the New People's Army," Gaspar
said. "They burn houses, arrest
peasants and torture them. Vicious, very vicious.
"There are some arrested who
arenotbroughtbackto military camps
or prisons and just disappear. Some
are tortured and killed in prison. Political prisoners in jail never know if
they will be free because the courts
move very very slow."
Gaspar said members of his
17 member team, called
Redemptionists, work towards a
goal of helping the Philippine
people through education of what
their rights are.
"We work with the rural
peasants in the Philippines and,
among other things, we make the
people aware of their human
rights," he said. "What we need is
a continuation of people power
letting the people know about their
rights and empowering them by
helping them stand up to the government to defend their rights."
Gaspar's work is not without
peril. He said although his team is
just one of many operating in the
Philippines, they have notescaped
the military's attention.
"We are under surveillance
constantly," he said. "We are lucky
to remain alive."
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NOV. 5-9
November 2, 1990


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